Well, that was fun while it lasted. Maybe if I go back to not trying I'll catch up.
I see Lou has been caught in Zounds' dastardly web.
Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile,
And cry 'Content' to that which grieves my heart,
And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
And frame my face to all occasions.
I can add colours to the chameleon,
Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
And set the murderous Machiavel to school.
Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?
I suspect my recent vehemence is because ive kept an eye on last season. I sure as hell havent watched it, but with all the damn advertisements thrown at our faces i went and read up on whats been happening. And its pretty much what i thought: overused gags, recycled storylines, outlandish/unbelievable hijinks, and relying on guest appearances(or, in this case, reoccurring characters?). I caught the controversy with the ending. I absolutely support a twist, especially one thats an extensional downer, in the service of a good story, but...well, i'll throw it in spoilers in case anyone is waiting to watch it and, subsequently, has terrible taste in everything(Walrus, avoid clicking).
SpoilerApparently Ted let Robin go "forever" in something like 18 episodes leading up to the finale. And the "twist" is "oh wait i totally havent let you go and we can now bang again since my wife got all cancerfied". Thats not good story telling. Thats not story telling at all. Thats atrocious bull****.
A clear money grab by CBS to fight to extend the series(which the creators were ready to finish in 8). And a laughable display of integrity by the creators/everyone else involved for selling out so blatantly. Like you suggested: quality> quantity. Normally i have little qualms about people chasing the money, but in this case it could be argued the creators utterly exploited those loyal to them. It seems like they didnt put in any effort whatsoever. They set up a convenient plot device to, barely, move the story forward then gave everyone a middle finger as they waited for the finale, in which they shredded everything that lead up to that point. I mean, how much more obvious than disdain for the audience get? They apparently decided on the ending during the 2nd season, and then sat back and did whatever it took for coin.
I suspect my disgust towards them is not so much about chasing cash in of itself, but about how unnecessary it was. They locked up a spin off. They have a whole other series waiting to go. What the **** was the point? Character development for the cast of the new series? Again, i havent seen it, but ive heard thats a joke. Meh.
Maybe im being unfair in directing so much angst their way(and more than a few shows do the same **** they did), but as my rant indicates, they hit more than a few pet peeves.
Anyways, you probably have already watched it by now but that Community episode was high-larious. In case you dont know, Hasbro jumped on board for it. Like...enthusiastically(apparently those were most of the original voice actors). Surprising given the content in the episode itself. None of it was necessarily scathing, but it certainly threw rocks. Community is easily at its best when its riping apart other shows and story telling devices.
Terrorist attack count against the Anything Goes Thread: 5
SpoilerAs for the finale, I think it's getting blown way out of proportion. For starters, what does it even mean to let someone go? I don't know about anyone else, but I can't just choose to change how I feel about a person. I always took that episode to mean that he gave up on being with Robin, not that he stopped caring about her. And it's not like Ted ran to her right after the mother died, they said it had been six years. That's a long time. I feel like most of the outrage is predicated on this idea that there has to be "the one" or a soul mate but personally I find such a notion ridiculous.
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